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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Make a personal injury claim

    To make a personal injury claim, you could turn to a claims management company, like Accident Advice Helpline for help and support. Making a compensation claim is a legal procedure and you will need a good solicitor who specialises in your type of personal injury claim.

    Our step-by-step guide on how to make a personal injury claim

    Step 1 – are you eligible?

    Your first step when you make a personal injury claim is to assess your eligibility to do so. After all, you don’t want to waste time, money and effort to find that you don’t have an eligible claim for compensation after all!

    We have developed a unique tool called the ’30 second test’. This test is a series of a few, short questions and, depending on your answers, will be able to tell you immediately if you have a claim. If you don’t, then it will also tell you.

    To make a personal injury claim there are a few criteria that you need to meet, for example the accident needs to have been in the last 3 years to meet the deadlines stipulated by the compensation act. Additional criteria includes the accident NOT being your fault and that you received medical attention and treatment for your injuries (this will be verified at a later date)

    Step 2 – your specialist legal team

    If the ’30 second test’ gives a positive indication and you choose to continue with your compensation claim, then you will be referred to one of our 200 legal teams. All our solicitors offer an excellent legal service and specialise in a variety of compensation claims. When you make a personal injury claim you want the best legal team working on your side!

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    These independent solicitors have to meet strict criteria to ensure selection onto our database including;

    1. Offering their services on a ‘no win no fee*’ basis
    2. Proven successful general legal practice
    3. Specialise in at least one type of personal injury compensation

    Step 3 – how much is your claim worth?

    Your solicitor will explore the finer details with you regarding you compensation claim. It is important when you make a personal injury claim that you include as much detail and receipts as possible. A compensation settlement payout is made up of 2 parts: the first part specifically addresses your actual personal injury e.g. a broken leg, damaged ligaments, whiplash, head trauma. The second half of the payment looks to redress additional costs incurred e.g. prescription charges, transport costs, adaptations to your home.

    Step 4 – relax

    You can relax now that all the hard work to make a personal injury claim on your behalf is about to be done by your specialist legal team. They will communicate directly with you throughout the process, keeping you informed every step of the way.

    Step 5 – the compensation cheque

    Receiving your cheque is a great moment but we realise that money doesn’t solve all your problems, but it does go some way to helping you out.

    So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: 30th November 2012

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.